Ettrick and Yarrow Community Development Company
Ettrick and Yarrow Community Development Company

Charity registered in Scotland SC048061

In 2010 an opportunity came up to address the concerns, increasingly voiced over a period of years, that changing land use and demographics, particularly at the upper end of both valleys, was leading to question marks over whether people would continue to live and work in these areas. The loss of hill sheep farms to commercial forestry and game birds, high house prices, coupled with the loss of cottages to rent and the falling rolls of the local schools, were all identified as concerns. Some long-standing services had been lost like the village post office and shop but services regarded as essential now to most of the population, such as reliable mobile phone coverage and broadband, were still not available. It was recognised that without new families and people of working age staying in the valleys, life for everyone would be less secure in the short-term and possibly unsustainable in future. A number of actions were taken to address these issues and a Community Development Company was formed which allows us to hold property and raise funding to give us an on- going vehicle for some of the schemes identified that would help our valleys.

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Community Smart Energy Development Officer

  • Full time
  • £25,000 – £28,000
  • Selkirk
  • Closing 18th March 2019

The Ettrick and Yarrow Community Development Company is looking to recruit an energetic, well-organised and self-motivated individual to help deliver a community smart energy demonstration project in the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys. Technical oversight and support will be provided by Community Energy Scotland and Scottish Power and Energy Networks.

Job Role:

The Ettrick and Yarrow Community Development Company have funding to run a demonstration project introducing the concept of smart energy to the local community, buying an electric people carrier, installing charging points, installing smart storage heaters in a community venue, completing feasibility studies on renewable energy options and setting up a demonstration ‘Active Network Management ‘ pilot to counter capacity issues in the local grid. Training and support will be provided but the successful applicant will be conversant with renewable energy technology and enthusiastic about community engagement and behavior change.

The applicant will have a good understanding of the issues affecting fragile rural areas and be IT literate. Some report writing will be required. The worker will also be expected to facilitate meetings of the local steering group. Technical advice and support will be provided by Community Energy Scotland and SPEN appointees.

A technical qualification in renewable energy or other relevant qualification as well as experience in project management and community-led development would be advantageous as would a knowledge and affinity for the locality. The ability to work on your own initiative is essential.